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UPDATED March 23, 2018

Coto Language Academy

Fun and Effective Conversational Japanese Lessons

Are you ready to enjoy studying Japanese? Coto Language Academy is the perfect place to up your conversational skills! Located in the heart of Tokyo with fun learning as a motto, Coto offers small classes to all levels, flexible schedules and 3 types of courses: Intensive, Part-Time and Private. Catering to our students that are usually English speaking and either long-term residents or short-term visitors, we use original materials to teach real life practical Japanese. Our professional English-speaking staff coupled with our friendly school atmosphere will ensure that you get the most out of your learning experience!

Free level check and counseling offered.

- Intensive Course - conversational level Japanese in just four weeks
- Part-time Course! - pick and choose the best lessons for you
- JLPT Course - master the JLPT with our prep course
- Private Lessons - one on one direct instruction with our qualified teachers
- Dispatch Lessons - one on one instruction at home or the office

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1F/3F Iidabashi building, 4-9-4 Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0072

Tokyo Central Japanese Language School (TCJ)

Realizing your dreams with Japanese! For your future career all the support you'll need is here.

Established in 1988, Tokyo Central Japanese Language School (TCJ) has been engaged in "cross-cultural communication" through Japanese-language education. Students will get to study in the same building as Japanese students who are studying to become Japanese teachers. It's a great environment for those learning Japanese! We are conveniently located near Shinjuku and Akihabara stations. You can choose from several courses and curricula which are designed to match a variety of needs. Get in touch to arrange a trial lesson and take a test to check your level — both are absolutely free!

Student visa application is available for the term of April 2019

- International Student Course (over 1 year)
- Short-Term International Course (3 months)
- Daily Course (Minimum 4 weeks)
- Summer Course
- Private lesson(10 lessons ~)

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4F, 5F, 6F Toshin Shinanomachi-Ekimae Bldg., 34, Shinanomachi, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 160-0016
(81) 3-3354-5001


Business Japanese Conversation Lesson.

Alpha provides all levels of Japanese language lessons. Our school has received especially high recommendations for our teaching of Japanese to business class personnel. We are proud of the fact that we are one of the oldest Japanese Language schools. We provide practical lessons delivered by corporate trained personnel for embassy staff. Our school provides private lessons, semi-private lessons, group lessons and skype lessons also. We offer a free trial lesson before committing to enrolling. Enrich your life in Japan by studying Japanese with us to help you with your career!

No registration fee until May 31, 2018!

Private Lesson
Semi-private Lesson
Group intensive course (only yokohama school)
Online Lesson

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2F Kioi Art Gallery 3-32 Kioi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute (SNG)

Visualize your Japanese

Founded in 1975, Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute (SNG) has more than 40 years in Japanese language education. From its start, SNG has strived to perfect its visual learning Japanese methods with cards of various colors and shapes. In light of this tradition, at SNG you may also now enjoy its new online cantents, the VLJ, with extensive grammar exercises, self-quizzes, vocabulary and practical grammar explanations by the method`s founder. Why not come and visualize your Japanese at SNG? You can download free sample applications via your smartphone!

Our students receive discount school cards and discounted commuter passes

- Intensive Weekday Courses
- Business Japanese Course
- Tourism Business Japanese Course
- Short Courses (Summer,etc.)
- Off-campus Cooperate Business Japanese Training, and others.

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2-9-7 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0075

Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin
Japanese Language Institute (JLI)

Celebrating 50 Years of Proven Results

Founded in 1967 by the nonprofit International Education Center, JLI has attracted more than 10,000 students from over 90 countries. The features of JLI are: 1) stressing Japanese conversation skills with practical application for business and daily situations; 2) utilizing user-friendly original textbooks written in both Japanese and English (Basic to Upper-Intermediate); 3) learning Japanese via TV news and dailies, honing writing and presentation skills (Intermediate to Advanced); 4) targeting business-people, job seekers, families of expats, spouses of Japanese, and other adult learners. JLI is conveniently located in the center of Tokyo, a five-minute walk from Yotsuya Station.

One-on-one consultation and trial lesson: We will be happy to give you details of our programs and answer your questions.

- 2-year Regular Course (Daytime intensive): Get a student visa and study up to 2 years
- Short-term Course (Daytime intensive): Register anew every term (3 months) with a non-student visa
- Part-time Program (1-2 days/week): Early mornings, mornings, afternoons, evenings and Saturdays
- Private Lessons: On an as-needed basis, both in our location or on-site
- JLPT Preparation for July 2018: Power Buildup Course (Jaunary to March) and Last Spurt Course (April to June)

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1-50 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

KAI Japanese Language School

KAI makes you improve real communication

Founded in 1987, KAI Japanese Language School is a reputable Japanese language school in Tokyo certified by the IALC (International Association of Language Centres). Since our foundation, we've attracted students from about 40 countries, who use Japanese as the common language of communication both in and out of the classroom. At KAI, students live Japanese! Our two main programs cover most people. First, the General Course, targets students aiming to master Japanese, while the Practical Conversation Course is a conversation program on a shorter-term basis. In addition, we offer summer courses, 50+ course and private lessons for both individuals and corporates.

Free classroom observation, level check test and counseling.

- General Course (intensive & communication oriented)
- Practical Conversation Course (flexible & conversation focused)
- Summer courses (Grammar & Conversation and JLPT)
- 50+ Course (language & culture for senior learners)
- Private Lessons (for both individual & corporate clients)

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Miyuki Bldg., 1-15-18, Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0072
Special Interviews with the above schools.
What does your school do to help students learn Japanese culture?

Coto Japanese Language Academy

Coto Japanese Language Academy
kana Sumitani
Senior Coordinator

Tokyo attracts many types of people who want to learn Japanese, including working expats and their spouses, small business owners and tourists. We love being able to help them with their Japanese. Our school provides small flexible classes (maximum of eight students) to meet the various needs of our students. We offer many ways of learning to fit our students’ schedules. Our most popular course is the intensive course (three hours a day, five days a week) that focuses on improving everyday conversation ability.

Additionally, we provide part-time, private and topic-specific lessons (including business and the JLP T Japanese-Language Proficiency Test). We also offer evening and Saturday classes. Coto is proud of its school community and relaxed learning atmosphere. Our community and cultural events help our students learn about Japanese culture while making friends with other students. Our events include calligraphy, Japanese cooking, flower arrangement and sake tasting workshops, Japanese food tours and language exchange events with locals.

Tokyo Central Japanese Language School(TCJ)

Tokyo Central Japanese Language School(TCJ)
Yukiyoshi Matsuda
Manager, Student Service Department

TCJ offers various events and activities, including a New Year’s shrine visit, cherry blossom viewing, barbecues, field trips, emergency evacuation training and interaction with Japanese junior high school students. We also introduce seasonal events of Japan, such as the bean-throwing, doll and star festivals. You can learn about Japanese culture, customs and society, and get to know how Japanese people think and act through these opportunities that are only available at language schools like ours; that is why we put a lot of effort into these events. You can also make friends with classmates from 40 countries.

The school also has a Japanese teacher training course in the same building, and many Japanese people join this course to become Japanese language teachers in the future. You will have interactions with these Japanese students during break times, when you will have chances to practice Japanese conversation, and ask them for help to correct your Japanese. They may also become your good friends and teach you various aspects of Japan, from our traditional customs to the latest fashion and pop culture.

What does your school do to help students learn Japanese language for their daily lives?

Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute (SNG)

Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute (SNG)
Yuko Osaki
Japanese Teacher

Our school believes having good teachers is essential. Teachers at Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute are well experienced and trained. I personally strive to always make my students laugh at least once an hour. However, I believe that if you were only nice to students, you wouldn’t be any more worthy of being a teacher than the old woman next door. Students choose to learn Japanese at school rather than by themselves for many reasons, and understanding those reasons helps us to deal with them.

To make the most of the students’ limited learning time and be efficient and productive while teaching, our school implements a unique and exclusive method. We use colored cards of different shapes to represent the various parts of speech to help students easily understand the logic of the Japanese sentence structure.

With mobile apps and a learning management system developed in partnership with NTT Communications, we give students tools to learn Japanese before and after class, so they can prepare in advance and take advantage of the lessons to discuss or ask questions to the teacher. We offer more than just listening passively to a lecture!

What does your school do to help students with job hunting?


Yoko Shimada
Nichibei Jli Office

Most of the students at Nichibei JLI are adult learners of Japanese. Many of them are businesspeople or have business backgrounds; some are university or postgraduate students. Whether they are working or not, their aim is “to acquire business Japanese,” which is very useful in their workplaces, as well as for job hunting in Japan. To enhance Nichibei JLI’s unique offerings, we are publishing original textbooks focusing on business communication, including business manners. From basic to advanced levels, students engage in practical communication in business settings in accordance with their ability levels. Our teachers are professionals who have years of experience teaching business and daily Japanese communication. Our class sizes are small, with an average of 10 students and a maximum of 14 students per class. Nichibei JLI’s parent organization is the International Education Center (IEC ), established in 1947. In addition to Nichibei JLI, IEC promotes nonprofit cross-cultural activities, such as the International Speech Contest in Japanese, co-sponsored by The Japan Foundation and backed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Agency for Cultural Affairs. The contest is broadcast on NHK E-Tele and speech videos can be viewed on our website.

KAI Japanese Language School

KAI Japanese Language School
Munezai Yo
School Administrative Director

As the Japanese society and workplace environment become more globalized, the number of students interested in building a career in Japan has steadily increased at our school.

To support these students, we offer a system called “ASK” where they can seek guidance regarding their career, higher education, current Japanese study and life in Japan. Career support requests are handled by a certified career consultant, who provides essential information and tips crucial for job hunting in Japan through career seminars and individual counseling.

In addition, we established a business Japanese program last April. Our program is compliant with the course guidelines issued by Nisshinkyo, the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education. General course students at KAI can take business-related classes to prepare not only for job hunting, but also for working in Japan. Students who complete the required business Japanese lessons will receive the Nisshinkyo Business Japanese certificate in addition to our general Japanese course certificate.

ALPHA Japanese Language Institute

ALPHA Japanese Language Institute
Genki Kajiura

Alpha Language School, established in 1987, provides Japanese language instruction for people in business, diplomatic, and academic fields. With an enrollment of approximately 200 students from over 40 different countries, the teachers cultivate high-level knowledge of Japanese linguistics, business manners and many fields with broad international backgrounds.

You can find the best teacher for you from over 100 teachers on our roster. Our school has two locations in the Tokyo area, one in Kioicho, Chiyora Ward, and another in Yokohama. Central Tokyo is easily accessible from both areas.

Alpha provides all levels of Japanese language lessons. Our school has received especially high recommendations for our Japanese business classes.

We are also proud of the fact that we are one of the oldest Japanese language schools. We provide practical lessons led by corporate-trained personnel for embassy staff. Our school provides private lessons, semi-private lessons, group lessons, as well as Skype lessons. We offer a free trial lesson before you commit to enrolling. Enrich your life and career in Japan by studying Japanese with our help!